Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fox News: A 24/7 Political Operation

Following White House communications director Anita Dunn's accurate statement that Fox News is "the communications arm of the Republican party" and not "a news network the way CNN is," Media Matters put together a document exploding the myth that while Fox's commentaries are politically oriented, their news shows are objective.

Media Matters also created a video showing how "Fox News' dayside programming unquestionably echos the tones, themes, and content of its evening programming. In fact, the parallels are so clear that the network's daytime anchors often seem to be taking direct marching orders from their colleagues like Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity." Watch the echo chamber in action:

At the end of the video, Eric Burns, president of Media Matters, explains Fox's evolution–or devolution: "I think that what we have all thought of as a conservative news organization has really morphed itself this year into a 24/7 political operation with a very specific goal. And that is to destroy this presidency, and destroy any sort of progressive policy agenda that the American people voted for in November."

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